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In this lesson, you'll learn a dance figured called Parada with Calesita. Parada means "stop" and "calesita" means merry- go-round. The leader starts by stepping back (count 1 of the 8-count basic).
Then after stepping side left (for count 2 of the basic), he extends his right foot to "stop" the action of the follower as she collects her feet; this is the parada or stop.. The illustration below shows the leader in count 2 of the basic and he has extended his right foot forward after stepping on to this left.
This is very similar to a move called the sandwich, because the follower is sandwiching the leader's foot. As soon as the leader does the parada he also lifts the follower and pulls her close to him to indicate that the calesita will likely follow. That's because for the calesita to work, the dancers must be very close -- chest-to-chest or almost chest-to-chest.
NOTE: in the leg wrap figure, the leader also lifts the follower and pulls her close. But in the leg wrap, this happens on count 1 of the basic. In the calesita, this happens after the parada on count 2.
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Below you can see that as follower moves her left foot behind her right, leader steps back around the circle with his left foot:
Here's a video showing what we've discussed. It also shows how the leader ends the calesita by crossing his left foot in front and then how he exits by going to count three of the 8-count basic.
Notice that as the calesita happens, the follower has her left leg free and is ready to step backwards onto count three of the 8 count basic. That's because she is pivoting on her right foot during the calesita. Notice, too how the follower has her knees together. You can't see any light between her legs!
Here's a video illustration what we've discussed. Watch the video a few times and then take the progress check below the video!
1. When does the follower realize that a calesita figure is likely coming? (pick one)
a) When the leader does a parada on step 2 of the basic.
b) When the leader lifts her slightly and pulls her close.
2. The leader does the parada by...
a) Stepping back on count 1.
b) Stepping side onto left foot and immediately extending his right foot.
3. After the parada, the leader . . .
a) Steps back around in a circle with his right foot.
b) Crosses left foot in front of right.
4. When the follow realizes that a calesita is happening she ...
a) Moves her left foot behind her right
b) Balances on the ball of her right foot.
5. When the leader is ready to stop the calesita, he ...
a) Lifts the follower and pulls her close.
b) Steps with left foot in front of right.
6. To exit from the calesita, the leader
a) Steps with his right foot outside partner right into position 3 of the 8-count basic.
b) Steps back with his left foot around the calesita circle.
7. When the leader exits the calesita and steps into position 3 of the basic, the follower...
a) Squeezes the leader's right shoulder, just below his deltoid muscle to alert him of his mistake.
b) Steps back with her free left foot.
8. The follower knows the leader is moving to position 3 of the basic, when he. . .
a) Steps with forward on her right side.
b) Lifts her and pulls her close.